Spiders are synonymous with having eight legs, using webs, and having potentially painful bites for anything that comes across its path. This is for good reason since that description applies to most spiders in Modesto. However, some like the wolf spider, act a little differently from the rest, which only highlights the importance of understanding them.
Wolf spiders are most often dark brown and boast pale stripes and markings along their bodies. While other species are thin and small, this spider is the opposite with a stout and robust hairy body built to move. As such, this can make them seem scarier than they really are. However, that doesn’t change the fact they don’t belong in the house with you and your loved ones. Fortunately, this spider doesn’t get too big with males making it to ¾” and females to 1 1/2" in length.
Understanding The Wolf Spider
Thanks to their body type, this spider doesn’t hunt with webs as the other spiders do. Instead, they actively chase down their prey using their running skills. There are over 100 different species of wolf spiders found in the United States, but all of them are relatively safe for humans.
Due to their hunting habits, the wolf spider is nocturnal and rests in sheltered places during the daytime. Since they run to catch their prey, people still commonly see them despite their nocturnal nature. Fortunately, wolf spiders don’t actively seek to enter your home’s structure as other pests do. Unfortunately, they still do because they’re hunting the pests that do like to invade your home.
Since they are often hunting insects considered to be nuisance pests, wolf spiders are actually beneficial. They also rarely bite humans. Nearly every bite recorded has occurred as a result of people picking up wolf spiders not just being in the same area. While the bite can hurt as many bites do, it’s not considered to be a threat to people’s health. There are cases where someone might experience an allergic reaction, but this is rare.
Wolf Spider Prevention Tips
Despite their potential to be beneficial, the wolf spider is best left outside where it belongs. That’s why we have put together a list of handy prevention tips to follow, which include:
Eliminate entry points: A wolf spider can often fit into cracks and holes along your perimeter. To keep this from happening, it’s necessary to patrol the perimeter and use silicone caulk to plug up any cracks or holes you find during the inspection.
Windows and trim: If not the perimeter, it’s the odds and ends. Torn window screens or otherwise compromised trim can let wolf spiders in easier than you would like to believe. Tighten these spots up for better protection.
Pest control: Wolf spiders prey on insects that invade your home. If you want to avoid wolf spiders, then you need to take measures to prevent other pests from making it inside the home as well. You can do this on your own or with pest control professionals.
Glue traps: Many professionals or homeowners will use glue traps in places where they suspect wolf spiders. This keeps them from running away and allows for easy removal from the home.
Handling Wolf Spiders With Insect IQ, INC.
No matter how beneficial they are, spiders often creep people out. If you’re one of those that dream of never experiencing a spider or pest problem again, then it’s time to contact our team at Insect IQ. We provide a range of comprehensive, customizable, and eco-friendly pest management solutions designed to ensure the best results possible that last.
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